How to Ensure Hardware Acceleration is Enabled

Do Jigsaw Explorer’s jigsaw puzzle pieces feel sluggish when you move them around the screen? If so, it may mean your web browser’s hardware acceleration feature needs to be enabled. Here is how to enable hardware acceleration for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer:


Note that Chrome does not support hardware acceleration for Windows XP or Windows Vista. So, if you are using Windows XP or Vista then you will likely enjoy a better puzzle experience with a different web browser.

  1. Go to the Chrome settings page by entering chrome://settings in the address bar and press the Enter key.

    Chrome Options Page

  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the Chrome settings page and click the Show advanced settings link.

    Chrome Advanced Settings

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page again and ensure setting Use hardware acceleration when available is enabled.

    Chrome Hardware Acceleration
  4. Restart Chrome.

  1. Bring up Safari’s Preferences window.

    Safari Preferences

  2. Select the Security tab and enable the Allow WebGL setting.

    Safari Hardware Acceleration


Click the Menu button and then the Options button:
Firefox Options button
Then click “Advanced” and ensure the Use hardware acceleration when available option is enabled:
Firefox hardware acceleration option
If that does not correct the problem then follow these additional steps:

  1. Go to the Firefox configuration page by entering about:config in the address bar and press the Enter key.
  2. Enter webgl.disabled in the Search box to find the webgl.disabled setting.
  3. Ensure the webgl.disabled setting is set to false. The value can be changed by double clicking the setting.

    Firefox hardware acceleration

Internet Explorer
  1. Click the Tools button near the upper right corner of the Internet Explorer program window and select Internet Options from the menu that appears.

    IE Tools Menu

  2. Select the Advanced tab and ensure the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering checkbox is not enabled (i.e., leave the checkbox unchecked).

    IE Hardware Acceleration